Heavy rain, which triggered the flooding, has led to the collapse of six houses in the West German state of Rhineland-Palatinate. According to broadcaster SWR around 25 more houses are in danger of collapsing in the district of Schuld bei Adenau in the hilly Eiffel region.
The situation in the rural district of Eifelkreis Bitburg-Prum has been described as “extremely dangerous”.
The once-in-a-generation floods have left many people stranded on rooftops, police said on Thursday.
A spokesperson for the Koblenz police told Reuters: “We currently have an unclear number of people on roofs who need to be rescued.
“There are many places where fire brigades and rescue workers have been deployed.
“We do not yet have a very precise picture because rescue measures are continuing.”
On Wednesday, the floods in West Germany claimed the lives of two firemen.
The army was deployed yesterday to help stranded residents in the country’s most populous region as roads and transport systems remain inundated.
Hagen, a city of 180,000, declared a state of emergency after the Volme river burst its banks.
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